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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

New Statues

We have some beautiful new statues at The Singing Bowl Shop!

Chenrezig Statue, 5 Inches

Chenrezig is the Bodhisattva of compassion. Chenrezig is the Patron Bodhisattva of Tibet. Chenrezig is known by many names, in China Chenrezig is known as Guan Yin and in Sanskrit Chenrezig is called Avalokiteshvara. Chenrezig is the earthly manifestation of Amitabha and guards the world during the period of time between Shakyamuni and the coming of Maitreya. The Dalai Llama is an emanation of Chenrezig. Om Mani Padme Hum is the mantra of Chenrezig. Meditating on Chenrezig through the use of the mantra helps us grow towards finding more compassion in ourselves, so that we may come closer to the compassion of Chenrezig. This statue is 5 inches tall and made from bronze. This statue was handmade in Nepal. This statue is priced at $59.99.

Vajrasattva Statue, Bronze, 5"

Vajrasattva is the Buddha of purification and manifests energies of all Buddhas. Vajrasattva practices are used in all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The Vajrasattva mantra is the 100-syllable mantra, and saying the mantra brings peace and causes enlightened activity. There is also a shortened form of this mantra, om Vajrasattva hum, and this shortened form is said to be just as effective as the 100-syllable mantra. Vajrasattva is often depicted with consorts including Vajragarvi and Dharmadhatvishvari, but also depicted solo. Vajrasattva is always shown holding a bell and dorje, or bell and vajra. This statue is $59.99.

Yellow Dzambhala Statue

This statue is $399. The Yellow Dzambhala is a protector of the dharma and one of the five meditation Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism. Yellow Dzambhala practices focus on the developments of equality and tolerance for others. The Yellow Dzambhala bestows wealth, both material and spiritual, and spiritually the Yellow Dzambhala helps followers attain wisdom and virtue. There are many practices associated with the Yellow Dzambhala and it is said that saying his mantra 108 times a day will increase your wealth. The Yellow Dzambhala's mantra iOM DZAMBHALA DJARDIN DJAYA SOHA. 

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Chakra Necklaces and Bracelets

Chakra necklaces and bracelets are a great way to help open up a chakra that you have been working on opening. We recently listed some great chakra bracelets and necklaces. Each one is made from a bone pendant on a cotton cord. 

This bracelet was handmade in Nepal. It is made from a bone pendant on a leather cord. This bracelet is $8.99. The throat chakra relates to your ability to communicate so it is a great one to try and work on if you have difficulties in communicating with others and making yourself be heard.

The sacral chakra governs your personal power and self will. 

This necklace is the heart chakra necklace. The heart chakra is located in the center of the chest and it governs your ability to give and receive love. This necklace is made from bone on cotton cord and it was handmade in Nepal. $9.99.

We have chakra bracelets and necklaces for every chakra.

Singing Bowl Sets

The most traditional way of using a Tibetan singing bowl is to play the singing bowl, by yourself, during your private meditation. One of the interesting things about Tibetan Buddhism is that it can be done two ways.  Although you can go to a Buddhist temple or study with a monk to further your path in Buddhism, much of your time is spent alone, meditating. A singing bowl is a very helpful tool when you are meditating because you can hold the bowl in one hand, and run the striker around the outside of the bowl to produce an even tone with the other hand, and this is your meditation. The vibration of the singing bowl will be felt in your hand, so that the meditation is not just through the sound that you can hear, but also from the vibration you feel. At one time, most Tibetans owned singing bowls and kept them in their homes for their private meditation. This was in addition to their other forms of prayer done in a temple, etc.

It is a less traditional, but non-the-less very popular use of Tibetan singing bowls for chakra balancing. This method of 'healing through the singing bowls' is more and more popular, and you can probably find a practitioner of this method in your city, no matter where you live. Singing bowl healing is becoming a popular form of therapy.

7 Chakras for Beginners: Healing, Balancing, Opening Chakras: Exercises, Foods, Colors The idea of cleansing the chakras with singing bowls requires a basic understanding of the chakras. There are 7 chakras in the body. They are- the crown chakra, the third-eye chakra, the throat chakra, the heart chakra, the solar plexus or navel chakra, the sacral chakra, and the root chakra.

The seven chakras each have particular characteristics. For example, the crown chakra affects our ability to be spiritual and have faith, and the root chakra affects our feeling of being grounded and connected to the earth. The chakras are more of a Hindu construct than Buddhist, but they are used in both religions.

Each singing bowl note relates to a particular chakra, you can check out our chakra chart for more info on which notes are connected to which chakra. A singing bowl healer would discern which areas in your life, or on your body need improvement, and then they would play the correct combination of bowls to help with that issue. However, since this chakra cleansing has become more popular, many people want to self-diagnose and find the correct chakra they need to work on, buy that bowl, and go from there. At The Singing Bowl Shop, we would suggest a slightly different course of action. You should purchase the bowl that you like the style and/or tone instead. That is why we created the Chakra singing bowls section, so you can play the youtube videos and hear the sounds of the bowls. This way you can purchase the bowl that speaks to you. Alternatively, you could purchase one of our singing bowl sets, so that every tone is represented. We suggest the Brass Singing Bowl Set, shown above.